Jen Poyant

Senior Producer, The Takeaway

Jen Poyant appears in the following:

Documenting Arctic Sea Ice Melt

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Arctic sea ice continues to shrink at record levels because of climate change. With polar ice melting at record rates, there is a strong desire to document the vanishing icebergs before they are lost forever. The Takeaway speaks with iceberg and storm photographer Camille Seaman about her painstaking efforts to capture the loss.

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The Olympics Mark New Frontier in the Future of Network Broadcasting

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bob Garfield talks about how the digital revolution is changing our collective experience of the viewing of the Olympics, and how it might give a sense of the future of network broadcasting.

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Chen Guangcheng on Disability, Human Rights and China

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In his first national broadcast interview since arriving in the United States, Chen Guangcheng talks about the intersection between human rights and disability rights in the United States and in his native China.

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Computers Affected by DNS Changer Virus Could Lose Connection Monday

Friday, July 06, 2012

Thousands of internet users in this country and around the world could lose their connection on Monday, the result of the so-called DNS Changer virus. The malware has been around for several years and last year, the FBI charged those responsible for creating the virus.


Can Bereavement Be a Mental Illness?

Monday, May 21, 2012

In cases of extreme grief, the American Psychiatric Association is putting forth a recommendation that would, for the first time, give guidelines for a diagnosis of bereavement-related depression. The change would appear in the DSM-5 — the APA’s diagnostic manual — which is set to come out in 2013. Journalist Jerry Adler wrote about this subject in connection with the death of his son for New York Magazine. Jerome C. Wakefield, is a professor in the School of Social Work at New York University.

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James Wright and "Those Who Have Borne the Battle"

Monday, May 14, 2012

Just as our views of war in general have changed, so has our relationship with our soldiers and our veterans. James Wright is a former marine, the former president of Dartmouth College, and the author of “Those Who Have Borne The Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them.”

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Your Take: The Gender Divide in the Workplace

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It’s been 50 years since women started walking out of the kitchen and into the workplace en-mass. Yet yesterday we heard about another study that shows women aren’t making themselves heard when men are present in the office. That's true even when those woman have the same level of power at work as the men. We asked you to weigh-in and tell us about the gender divide at your work place. Haley Mitchell, from Augusta, Georgia, says the men in her office still expect her to get the mail and coffee, even though she is a marketing and communications manager.

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The Origin of AIDS: 60 Years Before the First Documented Case

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

By most accounts, the history of AIDS begins sometime in the late 1970s, before the first official cases were diagnosed in 1981 among a handful of gay men. But a striking new book by Dr. Jacques Pépin, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, upends medical history. In "The Origins of AIDS," Pépin traces the roots of the disease back to 1921 when a handful of bush-meat hunters in Africa may have been the first to be exposed to infected chimpanzee blood.

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Banks Take a Hit in Tough Economy

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A great deal of anger has been directed at the profits of the banking industry since the onset of the recession. One of the focal points of Occupy Wall Street, and of the like-minded protests that have emerged throughout the country, is precisely this discontent with the earnings of banks, particularly during a period of such economic duress for the rest of the country. But the quarterly reports from the banks have been showing that they've taken considerable losses over the past three months.

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Special Forces Major: Afghanistan Can Still Be Won

Friday, October 07, 2011

Todaymarks ten years since the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan began — a milestone many people may not have imagined the U.S. would reach. For soldiers, the anniversary is cause for reflection. Special Forces Major Fernando M. Luján made his reflections public last week, in an op-ed in The New York Times called "This War Can Still Be Won." Luján, who was stationed in Afghanistan for 14 months, and is now a member of the Afghan Hands program, says "the Afghans have the will to win, with or without us."


Times Atlas Erroneously Depicts Greenland Land Erosion

Monday, September 26, 2011

A single map inside the latest edition of the well-respected "Times Atlas of the World" has caused friction between the cartography world and the scientific community. A map of Greenland in the book shows that the country has considerably less landmass than ever before. Harper Collins, which prints the "Times Atlas," recently circulated a press release that said Greenland had lost more than 15 percent of its coastline after nearby glaciers melted, thanks to global warming. Scientists say that number is incorrect. 


With Falling Approval, Obama Loses Latino Support

Monday, September 26, 2011

August's Gallup poll numbers showed that 41 percent of American adults approve of the way Obama is currently handling his job, an all-time low for the President. And some of the most significant declines in approval come from Latino voters — a group that was formerly solidly supportive of the President.

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The Economic Cost of 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

The events of September 11, 2001 amounted to unfathomable costs, in terms of lives and families forever torn apart, not to mention the physical and emotion after effects that continue to haunt the survivors of 9/11. In addition to that, there was an economic cost to 9/11 — one that is almost equally unfathomable.

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Mitt Romney's 59-Point Economic Plan

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In advance of tomorrow night's Republican presidential debate — the second for GOP candidates hoping to run in the 2012 election, and first for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney unveiled a plan to boost economic growth, in a speech yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada. It hasn't seemed to boost his standing yet — a new poll shows Perry in the lead over Romney and other GOP candidates.

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The Life and Legacy of Stetson Kennedy

Monday, August 29, 2011

The scars and legacy of racism in America and poverty has ways of bubbling up to the surface in surprising ways.  Today that legacy shows up in the story of the life and death of a famous American folklorist, journalist and author, Stetson Kennedy, who died at the age of 94 over the weekend. Kennedy became famous for allegedly infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan as an undercover journalist, then exposing their secrets in a book, “I Rode with the Ku Klux Klan,” which was published in 1954. He spoke with This American Life's Ira Glass about his experience, in 2005.


Senator Cardin on the US Role in Libya

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yesterday the United Nations Security Council reached an agreement to release $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets, to help meet humanitarian needs for civilians there. The State Department is assuring the American people that money will not fall into the wrong hands. Libyan rebels are continuing their search for Moammar Gadhafi, with the help of NATO. But what will the U.S.'s role be in Libya's transition to a democracy?

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Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz on America's Lost Decade

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We're all witnessing a historical moment in the Middle East, as Libya prepares for the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s rule. And while the revolution that has taken six months to occur is in many ways remarkable, Americans may also be in the midst of our own, quieter moment in history: a lost decade. The recession has made it so that young people in particular are having a very difficult time beginning their careers, starting families and buying homes — so they're delaying doing those things. The unemployment rate is hovering at 9.1 percent, and for people between the ages of 16 and 19, it was 25 percent in July. For those ages 20-24, it was 14.6 percent.

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Random House to Publish Seven Rare Dr. Seuss Stories

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dr. Seuss fans, rejoice. This fall, seven rare Seuss stories, which were previously printed in Redbook, will be published in book form. The stories — which he wrote between 1950 and 1951 — have fantastically Seussian titles: "The Bippolo Seed," "Zinniga-Zanniga," "Tadd and Todd," and "Gustav the Goldfish." The compilation is called "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss," and Random House is publishing it in late September.

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Government Revises GDP Numbers for the Worse

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Last April the Federal Reserve said that Gross Domestic Product numbers had inched up a respectable 1.8 percent. It was a bright spot in the midst of a bleak economy. The White House touted the news as encouraging, and stocks went up. Now, after a dizzying few weeks of bad news about the economy, the government has revised its numbers, saying the economy really only expanded by 0.4 percent. What happened, and what does this say about the government's understanding of the economy?


Philip Levine Named as New Poet Laureate

Monday, August 15, 2011

Last week, the Library of Congress named Philip Levine as the next poet laureate, succeeding W.S. Merwin. Previous writers who were awarded that title include Robert Frost, Billy Collins, and Maxine Kumin. Levine was once an auto plant worker in Detroit, and that city became the basis for many of his poems. Levine joins us from his home in Fresno, California and talks about his reputation as a working class poet.